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>> the governor's race is heating up here in maryland. details on nec's. >> bp finally stops the gusher in the gulf. >> if you thought bp could not be under more scrutiny, some senators are raising questions about whether they had anything to do with the release of a convicted terrorist. >> we are in the middle of the summer season. this weekend will feel like it. we'll have details as we start right now. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning.
happy friday. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> john collins has a check of the forecast. >> i got to use a gizmo that we do not have much occasion to use. we had an earthquake. we can demonstrate it for you on our radar. the computer can display the information. there is a 3.5 -- our system called it a 3.6 -- it struck near rockville in montgomery county. thisppened around 5:04 morning. it was about 3 miles down just along 270, so i guess traffic was rocking and rolling. >> would you feel a 3.5/ >> if you had something else on
your mind, you probably would not notice it. you probably would not think of an earthquake. i don't think it would rattle your dishes. >> and there is no damage. >> not that we know of. >> let's go to kim dacey for traffic. >> we have a couple of things to mention. artscape has shut down the maryland avenue off ramp from the southbound j.f.x. and it will be closed through sunday night. take st. paul instead. we have a downed tree partially blocking some trees. we will give you a live look outside at 95 in the area of 32. southbound 95 moving well there. a lot look at baltimore national pike and we're moving in just fine on the inner and outer lips. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. back over to you.
>> news we have been waiting to hear. oil is not spewing into the gulf of mexico. >> test show the containment cap is working. kate amara joins us live with the very latest from our washington bureau. >> we did not feel the earthquake here either, by the way. we were to affected by lack of sleep. we have good news to report about the oil spill. the gusher has been temporarily capped. will the cap holds? the oil spill has stopped, for now. bp turned off the valve on its new containment cap and the runaway well was rains in. >> it is a step in the right direction. >> bp is encouraged.
>> i think is a positive sign. >> the test will determine if the troubled well can determine -- cannot handle the stress of being sealed. >> we will evaluate every six hours. >> if the cap holds and if the seabed does not crack and if the wells are finished, this could be the end of the spill. >> we have a lot of work left to do. >> testing should continue into saturday afternoon. they may have to undo the temporary fix to make way for a permanent fix. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> with scientist watching, anything else they are looking for? >> i think a great analogy --
much drink a patient after they had major surgery. they are monitoring the well to see if there is any changes in the system. they will be looking for pressure changes. high pressure is good. low pressure, not so good. that could mean there are others leaks. >> kate amara, have a great day. thank you. >> four democratic senators are raising questions about whether bp played a role in the release of a convicted bomber. they have asked hillary clinton to look into it. last year, bomber abdel baset al-megrahi was released because he suffered from terminal cancer. a year later, he is still thriving. bp signed a $900 million agreement with libya in the same month of the talk of al-
megrahi's possible release. >> if bp has gained access to oil reserves by using a mass murderer as a bargaining chip, then any money it makes off of that oil is pure blood money. >> bp has said the company did not talk about the al-megrahi case when they told officials to close a transfer agreement with libya. hillary clinton is reviewing the letters but there may not be too much the u.s. government can do. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. should the government pursue an investigation into whether bp played a role in the release of convicted bomber abdel baset al- megrahi? e-mail your response to email@example.com. >> dozens of protesters turned out at bob ehrlich's campaign
headquarters to come clean. jennifer franciotti is live with more on this story. >> they did hold that protest yesterday. about 35 protesters. the former governor was not there. he is being accused of being an unregistered lobbyist. democrats zeroed in on his advisory position and what you will hear next is concerned and his response. >> if it walks and talks like uck., it is probably a d bob ehrlich represented a number of clients. he has waffled on this explanation. >> the message is that this sort of silly stuff, false and misleading tv and radio ads,
that does not build this bridge. >> the bridge he was talking about is the dover bridge. it is where ehrlich made a campaign stop yesterday. we'll have more coming up later. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> authorities are investigating a homicide in baltimore county. it happened last ride along song bird circled. stay tuned for more information throughout the day as we get it. a suspected robbers apparently shot himself yesterday. brian plattenburg needed to be treated for it self inflicted gunshot wound. the safeway in annapolis was rocked before empiric authorities determine he shot himself during that robbery. >> a british man accused of
stealing the identity was released. john skelton was arrested monday night. he was released under conditions that include electronic monitoring and bond. he had to surrender any passport. authorities said he stole the identity kurt branham. he was otherwise -- abiding. >> otherwise. >> i know. >> 74 degrees on tv hill. coming up, the morning's financial news in the bloomberg business report. packs apple will try to address concerns about its newest column. >> we will have played this on the case of casey anthony. >> we have a couple of things to mention. no delays on the friday morning commute.
>> you can see the haze hanging in the air on this friday morning. 78 degrees downtown. a few degrees cooler when you get away from the city itself. "cool" is not a word of less you talk about earthquakes. we had an earthquake. this is baltimore and this is the beltway and this is 270. there was an earthquake this morning just after 5:00 a.m. or so. the effects were felt towards
the district. it is a magnitude 3.6 earthquake. the depth was down about 3 miles or so. this is right around rockville, right off 270. that occurred this morning. we do not have any reports of any damage. you may have felt some shaky in parts of howard county and montgomery county. we will keep you informed. temperatures, very humid and warm. annapolis, 78. 75, westminster. 60's in western maryland. we have clear skies around the area. in parts of kentucky and indiana, we do have some clouds and scattered thunderstorms. it is a cold front that will be moving towards our area. this flow of warm, humid air is
coming our way. a partly cloudy day today. we have hazy sunshine right now. clouds will move into the picture. southwest wind, seven to 12. 93 to 98. we might see a few storms out west, west of frederick, some isolated storms. for ocean city, not much relief from the sheet and humidity. the front will not have much impact. it will not be washout weekend down there. there is a 30% chance of some thunder on saturday. otherwise, partly cloudy skies at the ocean with temperatures is breaking into the low 90's. these range chances, scattered storms later this afternoon and
this evening. things might relax for a while, maybe burst south of us. that would include ocean city. on sunday and monday, things looked dry. 96 today. things look drive. we could see a scattered thunderstorms, especially tomorrow. 96 today. 90 on saturday. 89 on sunday minimal rain chances. maybe some isolated rain chances on monday and tuesday as temperatures climbed again next week. >> artscape starts today and will go all weekend. the maryland avenue off ramp is closed through sunday night. take st. paul as an alternate. the union bridge area, we have a downed tree. otherwise, looking very well.
11 minutes on the outer loop west side and topside of the beltway. looking very nice. beltway at 70, west side, no delays to report. switching to 895, moving smoothly north and southbound. that is the latest on traffic pulse . >> there was an emotional hearing in the casey at the murder case. the focus was the 911 call. we have more details. >> please tell the court your name. >> lead alexandra. >> he mouthed to his sister,"i love you." he was accused of molesting her.
cindy suggested she did not believe what she shrieked to operator. anthony now says it was to get officers to harry. >> everything i stated on that call was set to get them out there. >> frantic, angry. >> prosecutor turned his testimony against casey. his words supporting hear argument that the 911 call met the standard of an excited utterance to request her first reaction was she had a clenched fist and she hit the bed. >> the judge shot down the contention that the call was inadmissible. leak anthony made a quick exit -- lee fet made a quick exit.
the parents said little after the reunion. the ruling was downplayed. >> it does not affect me at all. >> the decision helps the state make the contention that casey made up a bogus story once she knew -- >> the teenager known as the barefoot bandit is back in court today. he is facing charges of interstate transportation of stolen goods. >> 200 jobs are expected to be coming to baltimore county. general motors received a manufacturing grant that will affect those in white marsh.
they will produce fuel- efficient gm vehicles. google has been helping the economy expand. but wall street is not impressed. jane king has more. >> it could be a tough day for google. they have increased their quarterly profit. it still was not good enough for wall street. spending is expected to increase this year. the most sweeping overhaul since the great depression was sent to the president's desk. there will be new protection for consumers and investors. goldman sachs paying a record $550 million to settle several fraud charges. almost half of it will go to
two banks. there were signs of relief across the nation -- there were sighs of relief after bp capped the well. the s&p it was able to pull higher yesterday. the maryland bloomberg index finished higher. keep an eye on marriott international. shares were down yesterday. the hotel is being sued by aaron l. anderserin. i'm jane king reporting for wbal-tv 11 news. >> apple might be a bit red- faced today. we will find out more in a news conference set for later today. we have more. >> when the folks at apple take
center stage later today, they will have a surprise problem with their iphone 4. just getting apple to admit there is a problem is an accomplishment. a first blamed signal failure on users holding the iphone the wrong way. >> we do not think you should have to pay for apple's problem. >> "consumer reports" did not recommend buying the iphone. this theory work for "consumer reports." with the bumper on, the iphone does not seem to suffer from the signal lost we reported on. >> critics say consumers should not have to pay. >> any cost in fixing this is apple's burden to bear.
>> complaints soon followed. that led the magazine to conclude that they still call superior to all others. >> this is a phone that deserves to be recommended. >> it is 74 degrees on tv hill. another check on the weather and traffic is still had. >> artscape begins the day. we will give you a preview. should the government pursue an investigation into whether bp played a role in the release of convicted bomber abdel baset al- megrahi? e-mail your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. >> here is a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers.
>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. kim dacey checking on your morning commute. there is one situation. artscape is going on this weekend. that means the maryland avenue off ramp is closed on the southbound j.f.x. take st. paul as an alternate. we have a down treat at the intown. something you might want to avoid -- we of a downed tree. we are up to speed on all of the major roadways. 95, topside of the beltway both looking very well. this is near 70.
you can see light volume on the inner and outer loops. things are moving smoothly in and out of the city. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> all is quiet here. we have clear skies this morning. a lot hayes because all of the moisture and air pollution. haze.lot of k we have marginal rain chances from this front. it will drop the temperatures a couple of degrees. we will go into the weekend hot and humid. today will be the hottest of the bunch. temperatures fall back a few degrees only. details coming up. >> baltimore gears up for the largest free art festival. city and vendors are hoping it
will generate big money for baltimore. a study in march showed the economic impact of artscape is nearly $26 million last year. >> people like to spend money when they get down there. 74 degrees on tv hill. we will read some of the viewer mail we have received about the earthquake. >> we will tell you why democratic protesters were outside former'governors campaign office. >> project outside former governor bob ehrlich's campaign office. >> it is just kind of hazy, hot, and humid right now. hot and humid later on. we will talk
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maryland. 3.6 in montgomery county. >> we raised the question, can you fill one? >> i said, but probably not. >> let's read some of these. these are from our viewers that said they felt it. we're talking counties will run baltimore. >> becky felt it in carroll county. >> i do not want to make you feel bad. robert in colombia said that
john said you could not feel the quake. i wanted to let you know that i did feel it and it made quite a racket and damaged a ceiling fan. >> valerie indiana timonium said it woke her up. who would have thought? >> that little map shows the epicenter and we will send more reports along. otherwise the weather is quiet. we might get a rumble of thunder. hopefully not an earthquake. >> former governor bob ehrlich received some demands from angry protesters. they wanted mr. ehrlich to come clean about him being an unregistered lobbyist. jennifer franciotti has more.
>> the former governor was not at his office yesterday and he said stunts like that will not help maryland. 35 demonstrators demanded answers. looking out for corporate and special interest. >> if it walks and talks like a duck, is probably a duck. bob ehrlich acts like a lobbyist. he represented a number of clients. >> democrats zeroed in on this advisory position to the national bank of lutherville. they say he provided advice on how to deal with congress because of this sort of silly stuff, false and misleading tv and radio ads, that does not build this bridge. >> the bridge is the 78-year-old dover bridge. ehrlich made a campaign stop at
the bridge pledging to rebuild it. he allocated $41 million for the job. >> we will get it done at this time. it is not complicated. it is a health and safety issue. >> crews began preparing this site. but funding disappeared because of budget cuts. the bridge represents differences in how each candidate approaches the process. ehrlich does not agree. and as for that bridge, the o'malley administration said it will be repaired as soon as the economy improves. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. thisrtin o'malley said was a tactical mistake. >> an economic crisis.
martin o'malley went to work, cutting $5 billion in waste in government spending. >> ed calls ehrlich a lobbyist and links him to the spill. the measure being discussed had wide bipartisan support. ehrlich campaign said some of the actions of the governor has taken are worth tactical mistakes. >> it is a done deal. congress passed the most sweeping overhaul of wall street since the great depression. it will lay the foundation for a stronger and safer foundation system. it was approved almost two years economy went into recession. not everyone agrees. >> this bill is a job killer and
will saddle america with billions of dollars hidden taxes and fees. >> president obama will reportedly signed the law into bill as early as next wednesday. in the gulf, the oil has reportedly been stop. >> where will all the reported will go? we have more. -- where will all the reported oil go? >> this landfill is filling up with ways to. it is a scene repeated at landfills throughout the gulf region. close to 27,000 tons have been created. this truck is unloaded debris. >> they will take this and moved it on top of that rich and it
will be covered by a foot of clay. >> it is not hazardous material. that oil came back as non e- hazardous based on epa definitions. >> the technical director said they have taken in more than oil boom.s of a whale boo inside, the oil is separated. >> the oil is sent to over and recycled. >> about 126,000 barrels have been collected across the gulf and eventually will be recycled because we need to make sure the landfills are permitted for this type of ways. it probably can be handled safely if they are. >> the evidence of environmental
disaster, and there is more on the way. >> for the latest developments in the gulf, you can go to our website, wbaltv.com. you cannot view the live camera on a link on our home page. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. kim dacey with the latest on your morning commute. artscape has a couple of -- has cost a couple of closures. artscape starts later this afternoon. we have it down trade and watch out for that. we are not seeing any delays. 95 south, looking at 10 minutes. looking very nice.
this is a live look outside at the topside of the beltway. no problems to report. 95 at 3 and 5, things are looking good as you head in and out of the city -- 95 at 395. >> the temperature is running from the mid 70's to the upper 70's. hazy, hot, and humid. you can see a line of clouds and thunderstorms from the great lakes to ohio and kentucky. that is a cool front. it will raise the chance of a few scattered storms. once it passes through, it would drop the temperatures a few degrees. we're calling for mid to upper 90's. it takes readings closer to 90 for a high this weekend. details on that forecast and more on the earthquake coming
i did not expect to break the record. i will claim -- >> they grow them big in britain. nick named his new friend billy. billy the goldfish. >> big billy. >> like big papi. coming up, hill look at the morning's headlines. >> a couple of small incidents. we will have the latest on that next. >> hazy, hot, and humid today. the forecast is just ahead. you can see the haze. you can see the haze.
>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. artscape starts this afternoon. it is causing a few closures. the maryland avenue off ramp is closed from southbound j.f.x. that will be all weekend until sunday night. in carroll county, a downed tree is partially blocking the road. watch out for that. we're moving just fine all around the area. even on the harrisburg expressway as you head down towards the city. things are again just fine near york road. very light volume. same story at 95 moving in and out of the city. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. now we have the latest on the earthquake. >> we have breaking news.
it happened after 5:00 a.m. this morning. a 3.6-magnitude earthquake in our area. it was centered in rockville and lasted about 15 seconds. we have received dozens and dozens of calls from howard anne arundel county. >> we a first thought you could not feel it. >> i'd made the statement. i should not say things like .hat appeare >> "i felt my house shake. >> "i felt the earthquake at 5:00 a.m. this morning." >> folks felt something but they did not know what they were feeling. "rumbling noise.
nearby.s >> "we look at each other." >> the baby kept beating. >> "it sounded like a dump truck." >> "the earthquake was felt in the pasadena area. the whole house was shaking at the time." >> " things did shake in the house this morning with the earthquake." >> it was a long 270. >> i wonder what it felt like
their. >> thanks to all the viewers who wrote stan. >> absolutely. let's get the weather. >> this is fine. >> we are going to have to deal with this hazy, hot, and humid situation. we're starting out warm this morning. look at and apples, 78 degrees. ocean city starting out at 75 -- look at annapolis, 78 degrees. out to the mounds to the west, allegany county, readings -- out to the mountains, and to the west, readings in the 80's. the cool front will edge in today. maybe some scattered storms in the mountains out to the west. maybe a couple of scattered storms. the front is weak and temperatures might back off a few degrees when the front moves
to. partly cloudy today. hazy, hot, and humid. southwest wind. there is a heat advisory that starts at 11:00 a.m. and goes until 7:00 p.m. for sultry conditions. it covers maryland southward down to st. mary's county and the d.c. suburbs and down toward richmond. number delaware and the pennsylvania-new jersey area near trenton and philadelphia. code orange air quality. we have an air quality alert. this is for sensitive groups and four maryland and up near philadelphia with the heat dropping everything. we see the approach of the front later this evening. maybe a few scattered storms and it will take the temperature down a few degrees. as we look at the seven-day forecast, we see the temperature
stay hot to warm for the next seven days. then the storm activity tonight and tomorrow, probably something will pop up in the afternoon. sunday looks dry. near 90 and then a warming trend next week. >> thank you. bob ehrlich received some demands from some angry protesters. they gathered and asked him to come clean about whether he is an unregistered lobbyist. jennifer franciotti joins us now for more on the story. >> there were about 35 protesters yesterday in annapolis. the former governor was on a campaign stop in dover at the time. he is being accused as being an unregistered lobbyist. democrats zeroed in on as advisory position to the position tobay national bank of
lutherville. he said stunts like this will not help maryland and that jobs should be created and that should be the focus. >> thank you. they spent 43 hours lost at sea on open borders. now the sole survivor recounts his taile. for a look now, what is coming up on the today show, here is matt lauer. >> we are following some breaking news out of washington, d.c. a rare earthquake. we will get the latest in a live report. in the the disaster in the gulf. bp has finally stopped oil from flowing into the sea for the first time since april. what is apple going to do to fix
problems with its new iphone? we will get the latest on that. those stories and a live concert when we get started on a friday morning right here on the "today" show. >> the earthquake made the "today" show. >> 74 degrees on tv hill. >> another check on the weather >> another check on the weather and traffic before
closed. take st. paul as an alternate. carroll county, a down trade is partially blocking a road. those are the only incidents we have. things are moving just fine from the old court road county. >> it would not be artscape if it was not hot and humid. >> typical july weather. 96 tonight and tomorrow, maybe a thunderstorm. temperatures back off only kilobit as we go through the weekend. then a warming trend next week. when you get into your car, too into am 1090. there will be traffic and insta- weather together on the fives. >> york earthquake gizmo made my morning. >> we love more tied at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. >> there is a request i have
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